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Buckingham Palace Approves Froyla Tzalam

Buckingham Palace has approved the recommendation by Belize’s Government for Froyla Tzalam to be the next Governor General. Prime Minister John Briceno made the official announcement on April twenty-two during the Budget debate. Tzalam, who replaced Sir Colville Young upon his retirement on Friday, will be officially installed soon. She has worked at the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) and the Tumul K’in Center for Learning. She hails from the rural community of San Antonio in Toledo District and holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a Master’s in rural development. Her contributions also include developing and writing a Mopan Maya grammar book and has written several articles on culture and identity. She will be the third Governor General in Belize’s post-Independence history and only the second woman to be appointed. When she’s finally installed, it will be the first time in history where Belize will have women holding the posts of Attorney General, Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, Governor General, and Chief Justice all the same time.